If you have genital herpes and want treatment to hand for when outbreaks occur, you can order a prescription for the antiviral medicines Aciclovir and Valaciclovir from us online.
If you suffer from six or more herpes outbreaks a year, then you may wish to order a prescription for herpes suppression therapy. You will take a low dose of the antiviral genital herpes treatment every day to help prevent future herpes outbreaks.
To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire below. Our doctor will review your answers and approve appropriate treatment.
You can use your prescription to buy your medication at any pharmacy in Ireland.
Common side effects from Aciclovir can include:
Common side effects from Valaciclovir can include:
The symptoms of herpes outbreaks will usually go away by themselves within 10 days, but they can be very painful during that time.
Alternatives to the antiviral medicines we offer include using an anaesthetic gel to ease the pain or soaking the affected skin with salt water.
Aciclovir antiviral tablets are used to treat viral infections like genital herpes. Aciclovir works to suppress ongoing outbreaks of both herpes simplex type 1 and type 2. It can be used to treat the first outbreak as well as recurrent flare ups. It is sometimes sold under the name Zovirax.
Aciclovir stops the virus multiplying or growing which gives your body’s immune system time to respond and get the infection under control. It is very effective at preventing viral infections in people with low immune systems and has been widely prescribed for over thirty years.
You would ordinarily have to take this genital herpes treatment between three and five times a day, but the doctor will advise how best to take it. You can pass on the herpes simplex virus to other people, even if it is no longer visible. If you have sores or blisters, you should not have sex at all until they have cleared up completely.
Valaciclovir can also be used to treat genital herpes. Once you have taken Valaciclovir, the body breaks it down into the active ingredient Aciclovir.
Valaciclovir differs from the Aciclovir tablets in that it costs more, but has fewer side effects. There are also normally only two tablets to take per day (unless the treatment is preventative, in which case there is only one tablet to take each day). It works by stopping the herpes virus reproducing or growing which gives your body’s immune system time to respond and to get the infection under control.
The sooner you start taking Valaciclovir after the herpes symptoms start, the better it will work. You can pass on the herpes simplex virus to other people, even if the herpes is no longer visible. If you have sores or blisters, you should not have sex at all until they have cleared up completely.
People have very different reactions to the herpes simplex virus. Some people might never show any symptoms or have an outbreak, others will have recurrent attacks. Most people don’t see any symptoms when they are infected, so they might not know they have the virus until months, or even years, after they first came into contact with it.
If you do see symptoms, they will last for up to about 20 days and might include:
Unfortunately, as yet, there is no cure for genital herpes, but antiviral medications are getting more effective with time and help to make it more manageable. People who have a healthy immune system seem to see fewer outbreaks of the herpes virus, but in general people normally find that the symptoms get milder as outbreaks go on.
For most people, the first outbreak is the worst. Recurrent outbreaks are normally shorter and less painful, because your body knows how to fight the infection. People also seem to have fewer outbreaks as they get older. Most patients learn to spot symptoms of a recurrent outbreak early on, which allows them to take a genital herpes treatment to stop the outbreak from getting worse.